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Section 2 - Commercial Overprints

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BARNETT BROS. LTD.,/

674 Hay Street, Perth..a

User: Barnett Brothers

 

Glass and Hardware Merchants

 

Address: 674 Hay St, Perth, WA.

Revenue Use: 1923 issue: 1d.

Rarity Scale: 1923 issue: 1d R3.

Background: The first records of a company named “Barnett Bros” appear in a Commercial listing from Perth of 1897 in which the company is listed as Manufacturers Agents, Eagle Chambers, 408 Hay St, Perth, WA.

Later in 1905 the company is listed as, Glass Merchants at 491 Hay St,  Perth and this is confirmed by records of the construction of early Churches in Perth which refer to glass supplied by the company.

By 1932  Barnett Bros Glass and Hardware was located at 674 Hay St, and in 1934  the company shifted to premises at  203 -209  Hay St, Perth, WA and they were still at this location in 1950 when this image below was taken.

The company was still trading in 1978 but like other smaller hardware operations in Perth they were absorbed into the growing Bunnings Company during the 1980’s.

Device: Stencil

Related patterns: Refer to other Barnett Bros overprints in:

WA: Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints: Barnett Bros/Pty Ltd/203-209 Hay/Street, Perth.a

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Barnett Bros/Pty Ltd/ 203-209 Hay/Street, Perth..a

User: Barnett Brothers

 

Glass and Hardware Merchants

 

Address: 203-209 Hay St, Perth, WA.

Revenue Use:

1951-1965 issue: 1d.

Rarity Scale:

 

1951-1965 issue: 1d R4.

 

Background: See Barnett Bros Ltd.,/694 Hay St, Perth.a

 

Device: Stencil

Related patterns: Refer to other Barnett Bros overprints in:

WA: Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints: Barnett Bros Ltd.,/694 Hay St, Perth.a

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(THE) BAIRDS CO LTD/ PERTH..a

Double Overprint

User: The Bairds Co Ltd

Hardware Distributor, later Department Store

 

Address:

1896 Coolgardie, WA

1897 Also Boulder and Kalgoolie, WA

1898 Also Perth, Wellington St, WA

1910 Baird’s Arcade, Wellington St, Perth, WA

1965 Cnr Queen and Adelaide Sts, Perth, WA

Revenue Use:

1923 issue: 1d (mono colour), 2d, 3d, 3d (double overprint), 6d, 1/-.

Rarity Scale:

 

1923 issue: 1d (mono colour) R2, 2d R3, 3d R2, 3d (double overprint) R4, 6d R3, 1/- R4.

 

Background: The founder of The Bairds Co. Ltd., William Hutchison Baird was born in Ballarat, Victoria, in 1869. After working for the Ballarat Hardware Co he moved to Coolgardie (WA) in 1895 and in 1896 he established the Coolgardie Hardware Co.

 

Later he was joined by two brothers and three sisters and the business was carried on as a partnership. In 1897 the firm opened branches in Kalgoorlie and Boulder and in 1898 in Perth. In 1903 the Perth branch grew to be both a shop and mail order centre.

 

From 1910 the Perth branch was located in Baird’s Arcade (491-493 Wellington St) and there range grew with their catalogue being widely known as the “Farmers Bible”. 

 

In 1917 Bairds was formed into a private company and they moved their headquarters to Murray St in 1919. The company and the family members played a roll in Munitions management in WA during WW1 and during the Depression of the 1930’s the company minimised retrenchments and offered extended credit to farmers, a policy that they repeated during WW2.

 

William remained Managing Director until his death in 1947 and at this time he was replaced by his younger brother Adam. Adam in turn died in February 1954 having passed much of the responsibility for the management of the company to his son, Hugh. Hugh died in 1965 and in 1969 the company was purchased by the Myer Group.

 

Device: Stencil

 

Related patterns: Refer to other Bairds & Co overprints in:

 

WA: Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints: BAIRDS.a  BAIRDS.b  BAIRDS.c

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BAIRDS.a

 

Typeset in BLUE                Typeset in BLACK

User: The Bairds Co Ltd

Hardware Distributor, later Department Store

 

Address:

1896 Coolgardie, WA

1897 Also Boulder and Kalgoolie, WA

1898 Also Perth, Wellington St, WA

1910 Baird’s Arcade, Wellington St, Perth, WA

1965 Cnr Queen and Adelaide Sts, Perth, WA

Revenue Use:

1923 issue: Black overprint: 3d, 6d.

1943-1957 issue: Brown overprint: 1d.

                         Blue overprint: 1d.

1951 issue: Black overprint: 1d, 3d, 6d 1/-, 2/-.

Rarity Scale:

 

1923 issue: Black overprint: 3d R2, 6d R2.

 

1943-1957 issue: Brown overprint: 1d R2.

                        

                         Blue oveprint: 1d R3.

 

1951-1965 issue: Black overprint: 1d R1, 3d R1, 6d R2, 1/- R1, 2/- R1.

 

Background: See THE BAIRDS CO LTD./PERTH.a above.

 

Device: Stencil

 

Related patterns: Refer to other Bairds & Co overprints in:

 

WA: Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints: (THE) BAIRDS CO LTD./PERTH.a  BAIRDS.b  BAIRDS.c

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BAIRDS.b

Provisional Handstamp

User: The Bairds Co Ltd

Hardware Distributor, later Department Store

 

Address:

1896 Coolgardie, WA

1897 Also Boulder and Kalgoolie, WA

1898 Also Perth, Wellington St, WA

1910 Baird’s Arcade, Wellington St, Perth, WA

1965 Cnr Queen and Adelaide Sts, Perth, WA

Revenue Use:

1943-1957 issue: Blue overprint: 1d.

Rarity Scale:

 

1943-1957 issue: Blue overprint: 1d R3.

 

Background: See THE BAIRDS CO LTD./PERTH.a above.

 

Device: Handstamp

 

Related patterns: Refer to other Bairds & Co overprints in:

 

WA: Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints: (THE) BAIRDS CO LTD./PERTH.a  BAIRDS.a  BAIRDS.c

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BAIRDS.c

User: The Bairds Co Ltd

Hardware Distributor, later Department Store

 

Address:

1896 Coolgardie, WA

1897 Also Boulder and Kalgoolie, WA

1898 Also Perth, Wellington St, WA

1910 Baird’s Arcade, Wellington St, Perth, WA

1965 Cnr Queen and Adelaide Sts, Perth, WA

Revenue Use:

1951-1965 issue: 1d.

Rarity Scale:

 

1951-1965 issue: 1d R3.

 

Background: See THE BAIRDS CO LTD./PERTH.a above.

 

Device: Printed

 

Related patterns: Refer to other Bairds & Co overprints in:

 

WA: Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints: (THE) BAIRDS CO LTD./PERTH.a  BAIRDS.a  BAIRDS.b

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BOANS LIMITED.a

**

User: Boans Ltd

Department Store

 

Address: Wellington St, Perth, WA.

Railway Use:

1919-1923 issue: 9d.

Rarity Scale:

 

1919-1923 issue: 9d R4.

 

Background: *Boans Limited was a Department Store that operated in Perth from 1895 until 1986. The company was started by brothers Harry and Benjamin who had arrived in Perth, from Broken Hill, in mid 1895 and purchased two quarter-acre blocks facing Wellington Street opposite the Perth Railway station. Harry and his other brother Earnest had previously operated a successful drapery business, named Boans Bros Ltd in Broken Hill. The brothers (Harry and Benjamin) borrowed extensively but by November 1895 they opened a single storey store named, 'Boan Bros.'. The business was very successful, but Benjamin died in 1901 and Harry took sole ownership. Harry continued to expand the store purchasing adjoining properties. The business was restructured to become a limited company in 1912 and the name was changed to Boans Ltd. In that year the original buildings were demolished and rebuilt as a single building between Murray and Wellington Streets.

 

Boan Bros, Wellington St, 1900-1910

Boans Ltd like many other Department Stores supported their direct retail activities through Mail Order Catalogues and these were supported by large and active mail order departments. This became an important aspect of the Boans operation from the 1930’s until the 1950’s.

Boans Building in Wellington St, in 1936

In the 1970’s the company expanded into the growing suburban shopping complexes in Cannington, Morley, Innaloo, Booragoon and Medina. In 1979 the Boans main store in Wellington Street was damaged by a major fire and it was closed for some weeks. In 1986 the site was sold to Coles Myer Ltd to make way for the new Forrest Chase Myer complex.

Device: Printed

Related patterns: Refer to other Boans Bros overprints in:

WA: Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints: BOANS LIMITED.b  BOANS/LTD..a

* Wikipedia

 

** Recorded here for completion as no records exist who overprinted this issue. It may have been Boans Ltd or by the Government Printer. Many other Australian States railways had company names printed on them by their State Government Printer.

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BOANS LIMITED.b

*

User: Boans Ltd

Department Store

 

Address: Wellington St, Perth, WA.

Railway Use:

1951-1961 issue: 3d, 1/3d.

Rarity Scale:

 

1951-1961 issue: 3d R4, 1/3d R4.

 

Background: See BOANS LIMITED.a above

 

Device: Printed

 

Related patterns: Refer to other Boans Bros overprints in:

WA: Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints: BOANS LIMITED.a  BOANS/LTD..a

* Recorded here for completion as no records exist who overprinted this issue. It may have been Boans Ltd or by the Government Printer. Many other Australian States railways had company names printed on them by their State Government Printer.

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BOANS/LTD..a

User: Boans Ltd

Department Store

 

Address: Wellington St, Perth, WA.

Revenue Use:

1951-1965 issue:

Blue overprint: 1d.

Purple overprint: 1d.

Rarity Scale:

 

1951-1965 issue:

 

Blue overprint: 1d R3.

 

Purple overprint: 1d R3.

 

Background: See BOANS LIMITED.a above

 

Device: Handstamped

 

Related patterns: Refer to other Boans Bros overprints in:

WA: Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints: BOANS LIMITED.a  BOANS LIMITED.b

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BON MARCHE Ltd/HAY STREET, PERTH..a

User: Bon Marche Ltd

 

Draper, later Department Store

 

Address: Hay St, Perth, WA

Revenue Use:

1917-1922 issue: 1d.

Rarity Scale:

 

1917-1922 issue: 1d R2.

 

Background: *The Company that became Bon Marche Ltd was started in the early 1880’s in William St, Perth, WA by E T Hope and was known simply as E T Hope’s Store.

 

Hope died in 1894 and the company was purchased by George Cargeeg and Elias Dimant who traded as Cargeeg Dimant Co from premises in Howick St (eastern Hay St) before moving the store to its Hay St location in 1897 and renaming the company Bon Marche after the famous Parisian Department Store. The business occupied a Hay St frontage but extended an entire block back to Murray St.  Collectively the buildings were known as the Bon Marche Buildings but they were built around the central Bon Marche Arcade.

 

The company was incorporated in 1897 and became Bon Marche Ltd. The company established a branch in Fremantle and later Bunbury. Later development of the store is attributed to E F Pritchard (some sources G Pritchard) who was admitted to the partnership along with A E Joyner in around 1912 Pritchard served as Store manager before acquiring a controlling interest and becoming Managing Director. Pritchard died in 1935 but the store continued to trade until it was acquired by David Jones Ltd to trade as David Jones of Perth.

 

Device: Printed

 

Related patterns: Refer to other Bon Marche overprints in:

 

WA: Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints:

 

BON MARCHE LIMITED,/HAY STREET, PERTH.b   BON MARCHE/LTD.,/PERTH.a

 

* Trove & Heritage Council of WA

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BON MARCHE LIMITED,/HAY STREET, PERTH..b

User: Bon Marche Ltd

Draper, later Department Store

Address: Hay St, Perth, WA

Revenue Use:

1922-1930 issue: 1d(black), 2d(violet), 3d(black).

Rarity Scale:

 

1922-1930 issue: 1d(black) R3, 2d(violet) R3. 3d(black) R4.

 

Background: See BON MARCHE Ltd/HAY STREET, PERTH..a above

 

Device: Handstamp

 

Related patterns: Refer to other Bon Marche overprints in:

 

WA: Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints:

 

BON MARCHE Ltd/HAY STREET, PERTH..a  BON MARCHE/LTD.,/PERTH.a

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BON MARCHE LTD./PERTH..a

User: BON MARCHE LTD./PERTH.

Draper, later Department Store

Address: Hay St, Perth, WA

Revenue Use:

1922-1930 issue: 1d.

Rarity Scale:

 

1922-1930 issue: 1d R4.

 

Background: See BON MARCHE Ltd/HAY STREET, PERTH..a above

 

Device: Preprinted

 

Related patterns: Refer to other Bon Marche overprints in:

 

WA: Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints:

 

BON MARCHE Ltd/HAY STREET, PERTH..a  BON MARCHE/LTD.,/PERTH.a

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BON MARCHE/LTD.,/PERTH.a

User: Bon Marche Ltd

 

Draper, later Department Store

 

Address: Hay St, Perth, WA

Revenue Use:

1943-1957 issue: 1d.[with or without commer after LTD].

Rarity Scale:

 

1943-1957 issue: 1d R2.

 

Background: See BON MARCHE Ltd/HAY STREET, PERTH..a above

 

Device: Printed sideways (up)

 

Related patterns: Refer to other Bon Marche overprints in:

 

WA: Other - Section 2 Commercial Overprints:

 

BON MARCHE Ltd/HAY STREET, PERTH..a  BON MARCHE LIMITED,/HAY STREET, PERTH.b

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